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Antique Maps of The United States - Wisconsin CD
Over 60 amazingly detailed and masterfully crafted maps of Wisconsin included in this CD provide a rare and unique insight into the lifestyles, growth and industrialization of the state between 1850 and 1910.
Wisconsin became the 30th State to join the United States of America on May 29 1848, but historical records indicate that the territory was inhabited for thousands of years before this event. Jean Nicolet, a Frenchman, was the first explorer the area in 1634 while searching for a northwestern passage to China. The French lost possession of Wisconsin and all of its territories east of the Mississippi to Great Britain during the French and Indian Wars.
British possession of Wisconsin ended in 1783, when Britain signed a treaty ending the American Revolution. Because the U.S. government had no effective control over Wisconsin, it remained under unofficial British control. Fur trade continued and became the mainstay of Wisconsin's economy.
The first wave of settlers, mostly of British and European descent, came to Wisconsin in the 1820's as a result of a lead mining boom. The movement of white settlers into the Midwest caused intense conflict when the Federal government and settlers attempted to move native Americans from their lands. Attracted by good farmland, wave after wave of settlers rushed to Wisconsin, which soon became the nations leading wheat producer.
In 1850, the population of Wisconsin stood at a modest 305,391. By 1870, this figure had swollen to 1,054,670. Before 1870, a majority of the people in Wisconsin lived either on farms or in small towns and villages. Less 20 per cent of the population as a whole was clustered in towns of 2500 or more. Around this time (1870) there were only twenty-seven towns with a population of over 2500.
The biggest city was Milwaukee. Madison, now the state capital, was another large city in the 1870s.
This CD presents a fabulous overview of the states steady growth and economic success during the latter half of the 19th century through detailed maps of the state.
Presented on this CD are beautifully handcrafted historic maps of Wisconsin drawn between the 1850s and the early part of the 20th century. Artistically drawn and complete to the minutest detail, these maps make brilliant wall hangings, when enlarged and framed. They also serve as attractive desktop images or as a priceless addition to a photographic collection.
The progress and development of the region can be seen in the maps as they depicted the transition from farmland to well planned cities.
A noteworthy feature of these maps is the record of the river transport system. Steam ships, much like those that we read about in Mark Twains stories, are captured in these drawings. Also included in the maps are details of several bridges, which speak volumes about the astonishing engineering skills of that period.
Another significant point these maps make is the gradual shift from farming to urban life and industrialization. Recorded here are the beginnings of such cities as Appleton, Jefferson, Madison, Superior and Whitewater. These maps provide a rare artists birds eye perspective of the Beaver Dam, the Chippewa falls and Lake Geneva.
Textual contents on each map furnish relevant information about the period, location and historic significance of the map. Drawn to scale, these maps provide the smallest detail making them an invaluable guide to the lifestyles, architecture, town planning and other relevant details, which may be of interest to history students.
I am yet to see a more delightful way of reviewing 19th century history of Wisconsin than by examining these fascinating maps. This absorbing set of antique drawings delightfully acquaints you with the gradual transformation of Wisconsin, as people shifted their focus from a rural way of life to urban living, from farming to industrialization. It also recounts the significant role waterways played in the early history of the state, bringing hordes of settlers to its fertile valleys and plains in ships of all descriptions.
For those who love Mark Twains writings, these maps provide a fabulous insight into the settings for many of Tom Sawyers and Huck Finns escapades. One striking aspect of these maps is the intricate detail included in each drawing. So vivid is the imagery that you can almost see - as if on a slow motion film - cities and towns mushrooming in what were once virgin grasslands. You hear the giant steamships chug along rivers and lakes with their loads of eager settlers and the rhythmic clip clopping of horses hoofs on cobbled streets. I was transported to a different world as I poured over the details of each of the 62 high-resolution maps included here and it took me a while to get my bearings when I finally switched off my PC.
This CD is a treat for all history buffs and arts students, and is a must-have for all collectors of antique maps.
"You guys never fail to amaze me, no matter what I pick up or send for I am never disappointed. This CD is a collectors delight! Each map is a store house of information, an art piece in itself, a throw back to times when my forefathers helped build this state by the sweat of their brow. I loved it all."
"We often tend to forget the beginnings of our great nation when life was tougher, but simpler and happier. Many things that we take for granted today were novelties then. These maps are a wonderful reminder of the beginnings of the state of Wisconsin, and are a great study material for history and art buffs. I love it."
Customer's Name: Robbie Ryan (New York, New York)
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